Chimpanzee Synopsis
A baby chimp and his family go about their daily lives in the African forest.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Chimpanzee lets everyone feel like a mini-Jane Goodall.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In general, the more young people who see the film, the more who will be made aware of a fascinating, complicated near-relative whose...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

No amount of gorgeous jungle footage can make up for the fact that this Disney-produced documentary feels about as natural as an episode of...
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Inter-chimp and territorial fighting are facts of nature, but the extreme anthropomorphism of Chimpanzee makes what is natural feel...
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63

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
But nature is messy, and Chimpanzee doesn't shrink from that, to its credit. Fothergill and Linfield at least exercise discretion when...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's unfortunate that the filmmakers juxtapose those striking visuals with a warlike anthropomorphizing element.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
"Humanize" might not seem the obvious verb for what happens in Chimpanzee, Disneynature's latest kiddie documentary. But it's dead on; this...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Some privileged nature footage from the African rain forest is dishonored by deeply silly narration in Chimpanzee.
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Not so chimptastic!

By CARRERASFAM4
MY13yr old daughter,my4yr old son,and I went to see it & my children enjoyed it. I didn't too much, it just wasn't too interesting. It was funny at times, and the bathroom scene not cool. SO there...

healthy alternative to the animated cartoons

By susans_movie_reviews
When I walked in the theater last night with my granddaughter and friend, there was hardly anyone in the theater. I wondered; 'Where are all the people?' The sound in the theater was a little lower...

Special Film

By jfklein23
It is unbelievable when you see what these guys go through to film these scenes. Additionally, the death of Oscar's mother (kind of like in Nemo) was handled in such a manner that younger kids would...

Chimpanzee

By reppsmith
My husband & I both loved it. Poignant! Dramatic! Relatable! It was told in a narrative way, with a plot and the kind of comments kids could relate to. However, we felt the film had levels and...

Don't sugar coat it, kid. Give it to me straight....

By xk8
I'm happy I saw this movie but it's styled for little kids. The (true) story is wonderful but Disney has added plenty of sugar to satisfy the kiddie audience taste. I wish there were an adult version...

chimpanzee was great

By drlou71
very educational and heart-warming. Tim Allen as the narrator was fantastic, especially when he was talking about "tools". My kids loved it (3.5 and 6.5 y/o)....

CHIMPANZEE ... go see it :)

By Buckelew
I took my two granddaughters 7 and 10 and they both really enjoyed the movie.. I enjoyed it also it was better than I thought it was going to be :)... my granddaughter said" it wasn't really boring...

Great Movie!!

By rlcaruso
I took my 4 kids to see this film and we ALL LOVED IT! Their ages are 6, 9, 11, 12 and I'm 42 and we were all so moved by the story and by the amazing cinematography. WOW! It's so beautiful and...

Wonderful movie... great movie, great story to educate kids

By izaura_baeta
I had the opportunity to watch the movie this weekend with my kids (8 and 6) and husband. My girls and me were very touched with the story. Myself and my 6 years old girl cried. I recommend everyone...

An Awesome, Touching Visit with Chimpanzees

By jzactor
Chimpanzee is truly awesome and truly touching as we follow the life of Oscar, a very young Chimp. It involves the trials, tribulations and learning experience Oscar is on which is so almost human it...

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Rated G | For Mature Theme
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Chimp "adoption" documentary has some scary moments.
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EDUCATIONAL VALUE
POSITIVE MESSAGES
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS